Amythyst Kiah (USA)

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Amythyst Kiah (USA)

A powerful, raw voice from Tennessee, original songs inspired by blues, country, oldtime and folk. Amythyst Kiah mixes traditional music with elements of today’s R&B. “One of roots music’s most exciting new talents,” wrote Rolling Stone magazine of Amythyst Kiah. Her latest release is a cooperative effort with three other women singers: Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla McCalla, who played Tønder Festival in 2017, and Allison Russell, at Tønder in 2019 as one half of the Birds of Chicago. In the spring of 2019, the four musicians made the album Songs of Our Native Daughters, with its focus on Afro-american women’s history. The opener, Black Myself, a bluesy song about identity and racism, was written by Amythyst Kiah, whose British tours have included performances at Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival. Her only Danish festival concert in 2020.

(Photo: Anna Hedges)